I can no longer save money on my electricity by blogging during my lunch break at work. This week I went back to work to find that my blog has been blocked as ‘internet communications’ by our firewall at work.
I used to write a good deal of my blog posts during my conference and lunch times at work and this saved me whatever electric costs I would have incurred at home.
Since I can no longer blog at work I will have to do it at home.
Or get that email blogging thing set up.
No, wait, I cannot access my email at work either. Well I can still charge my cell phone and batteries at work so that is still a comfort to me.
I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.
That is a shame but I bet if you think hard you can think of something else to do in your lunch break to save money.
i hope you don’t get into any trouble at work with your “extra online activities” 🙂
I am trying.
Well my activities have stopped now…but they were on my lunch time.
Think of this as an opportunity to build your blog income stream to pay the expenses. After all, isn’t that’s what blogging is about, to build a revenue stream that can sustain your lifestyle without being an employee?
(That is, after you pay your expenses and taxes.)
What ever made you think it was okay to steal from your employer in the first place? That is what you were doing. You were stealing their electricity for your personal use. This is not saving money. It is simply stealing. I am glad they cut you off and I hope they read your blog and make you unplug your chargers, too!What’s next stealing toilet paper from them to take home and use and then call it being frugal on your part? Where does it stop?
@Karen, are you 100% productive at work? Are you always working? Do you use your employers toilet? What gives you the right to pee in their water? They have to take care of that stuff you know! Get over it. It’s a fact of life that we need some extracurricular activities to keep us productive at work, or else we’ll go insane.
@LuLu, if your work uses Websense, I wrote up an article on getting it recategorized.
Did you upgrade to wp 2.5? I’m not seeing the homepage display right.. the background is dark grey instead of white.
Elecricity use by computers aren’t really that high unless yours is a very high-end comp.
If you have an lcd screen that cuts electric use a lot as well or you could just use a laptop which uses just a fraction of what a desktop pc consumes.
Clever Dude – No I am not 100% productive at work. Blogging on your lunch hour is not the issue. The issue is promoting the use of your employer’s property for personal use and calling it saving or being frugal. So if I go next door and use my neighbor’s outside electric outlet to charge my cell phone that is saving my money and is ok? I am not stealing from my neighbor? What’s the difference?
Wow Karen I think you need to chill a bit. The amount of electricity I use in the 30 minutes I get for lunch is negligible compared to amount of electricity I save them by shutting down all the computers when they are not being used. I only have two on during the day…everyone else has all six running and they never shut them down….not even on the weekends when no one will be there.
I also turn off the lights….again…no one in my building does this.
How much does my cell phone take to charge once a week compared to the cost of the lights running all weekend in someone else’s room?
It is okay to disagree with me but I think you are taking it too far now when you attack my readers. BTW did you send your comments from work? 🙂
See it as an interesting challenge. Perhaps, you could still write your article at work, and then post it off the website when you reach home. You will still use your electricity at home, but just not as much.
@karen, using your employer’s property for personal purposes is fine but abusing your employer’s property for personal purposes definitely not on. I don’t think that this is abusing the lunch time.
I save a lot of time, too, by blogging during lunch time. I feel for you.
LuLuGal, call you IT Support desk and ask to get a site unblocked. If the HelpDesk cannot help you then bug them for the number of the IT Security/Firewall/Internet guy who has the access to block sites. Then just ask that person if it can be unblocked or why it was blocked in the first place. It does not hurt to ask.
I would compose the posts during my work but they are for future dates. I would edit when I got home…but just my rough drafts were being done at work.
I am doing them now in Google documents and then copying them over when I get home.
@ Flimjo: LOL dude.
Uh no….my blog is fairly anonymous and I don’t want my IT person looking at it…she knows me well. 🙂
Well the computer is one of the best ways to save money at home, in regards to energy conservation. However if you take say an hour to blog it’s not an effect your going to notice on your monthly energy bill.